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Blaq Poet Interview with HipHopDX

As New York’s Blaq Poet readies for his Blaqprint release, HipHopDX catches up with the battle rapper from Queensbridge whose dark side and honest delivery drew support from none other than DJ Premier (who executive produced Blaqprint). A veteran of the culture and a warrior in The Bronx/Queens battle of the ’80s, it is no surprise that Blaq Poet regularly enlists none other than the veterans of rhyme (including Marley Marl, Freddie Foxxx, KRS-One) in his choice of collaborations, which is elaborate in his previous work. In the Blaqprint, Poet paints a picture of his story, which he asserts is a similar tale of many young men growing up in the projects. DX probes further with Blaq, as the veteran offers advice to the youngsters, explains his love for boom-bap, and vindicates why he calls them “bitch.”

HipHopDx: Blaqprint’s content illustrates hopelessness and negativity. Is that a fair description?
Blaq Poet:
No. Blaqprint is…streets. Hip Hop with street reality. All mixed in. Everything is not “shoot-em-up, bang-bang, kill everybody.” It’s not all about the drugs. It’s all about hood tales. And bragging a lot on a lot of songs – all of that that’s part of Hip Hop; telling people I’m the best. But it’s mostly hood tales and things that go around in the hood, every hood around America. And if it sounds like I’m trying to be negative or trying to stay negative, if you’re a real dude and you from the streets, you gonna know what I’m talking about, you gonna appreciate it. If you’re not, you’re not gonna get it.

DX: You refer to women as bitches often enough in the album. Why is that?
Blaq Poet:
I mean you got ladies and you got bitches. You got niggas and you got homeboys. It’s the same thing. [Laughs] If a girl acts like a bitch then she’s gonna be a bitch in my eyes. And I’m not being disrespectful, some girls want you to know, “Yeah, I’m a real bitch. Don’t fuck with me ‘cause I’m a real bitch.” [Laughs]. I’m talking to the bitches when I say “bitch.” And when I’m talking to the ladies, I let them know I’m talking to the ladies.

DX: In comparison, do you refer to the ladies as much as you refer to the bitches in your album?
Blaq Poet:
Nah, ‘cause I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I’m still referring to what they show me they are. There’s still a lot of bitches in the world.

DX: I think you’re hanging around with the wrong crowd.
Blaq Poet:

DX: DJ Premier executive produced the album. Your involvement with him goes back to the Y2K album, with Screwball. What is it about Preem that makes you want to be a part of what he does?
Blaq Poet:
He makes the beats that makes me want to rhyme. He has the funkiest beats I think in the game right now and he makes me want to rap. The beats that he makes, the hardcore beats, you never know what he’s gonna come up with but you believe it’s gonna be creative, it’s gonna be gritty.

DX: What do you think is about Blaq Poet that makes Preemo want to be a part of what he does?
Blaq Poet: Preemo
got a dark side like anybody. I think I bring out his dark side. [Laughs] He likes the hardcore and he knows I come through with that hardcore, no doubt.

DX: What is it about boom-bap that makes you a continuous believer?
Blaq Poet:
It’s the boom-bap, boom-boom-boom bap. [Singing] It’s the old school feel of the boom and the bap. You can even hear it in the beats that the new guys are making. They got the boom bap in their beats, every beat has the boom bap in itself. It’s all about the head nodding and the boom bap that makes you want to just start shaking your head and start coming up with lyrics and rhymes.

DX: Why do you want to preserve that?
Blaq Poet:
That’s the era I come from. That’s the best years in Hip Hop. I really want the young good dudes to hear and see how we was doing it so they can improve on it, make it better, make it iller. We want them to build off it…

DX: You’ve done collaborations with a lot of OG’s like KRS-One, Marley Marl, Freddie Foxxx. Judging from that, is it fair to say that you’re attempting to conserve an art form prevalent in the ’90s?
Blaq Poet:
If I’m doing it, I’m doing it not knowing I’m doing it. I’m doing it just because I love it, that’s what I love. And I want people to continue to go on with that. but I also want people to get creative too. Don’t just stop at the boom bap, expand on the boom bap.

DX: What do you mean by “expand?”
Blaq Poet:
Like Kanye [West], he has boom bap in his beats and all that but he also gets creative. He might sample something a little different – just different forms of sampling and different ways of making beats. It’s all boom bap, but I just want people to make the new boom bap, call it the “new bap.” [Laughs] I don’t want people to get stuck in one era; I want that era that get spread and expanded and people just take it to where it’s never been before.

DX: What would the “new bap” be composed of?
Blaq Poet:
The youngsters. The youngsters doing what we did and doing what we did and building off of it. I can’t even explain it; it just has to be done. It would be the hardcore, the hard base; then live instruments mixed with sampling. Keep me interested, I’m a fan of this too. I love listening to new stuff and checking out the new dudes and all that. I just want them to keep me interested.

DX: Any new dudes you’re checking for?
Blaq Poet:
I like Cory Gunz. That’s my youngsta from New York. Cory Gunz is gonna have them wylin’. Ain’t too many, man. [Laughs]

DX: You stated that availability of Internet and technology increased people’s desires to pursue Rap. Why is Hip Hop and Rap so appealing?
Blaq Poet:
It’s an outlet to just let loose. Everybody got things on their mind, stresses. Even if you want to have a party, a good time, then you can just let loose, Hip Hop is the best way to let your hair down. [Laughs]

DX: Why is it appealing for a career choice?
Blaq Poet:
It’s like the NBA these days and professional sports – it’s a multimillion dollar game.

DX: How is it affected by the recession?
Blaq Poet:
People are always gonna want to hear good music and always wanna hear their best artist and eat good food. So I don’t think the recession really bothers music or food. [Laughs] People are always wanna eat good and people are always gonna wanna hear good music.

DX: What is the essence of Hip Hop?
Blaq Poet:
Graffiti, turntables, deejaying. Beating on the wall. [Laughs] You might have your homie beat on the wall while you spit some rhymes. You feel it in your bones. It’s not a money thing, it’s not a being cool thing, it’s something you feel.

DX: The changes we see today reflected in mainstream Hip Hop – can we call it “evolution?”
Blaq Poet:
No doubt.

DX: Why?
Blaq Poet:
Everything evolves. Hip Hop is no different than anything else. It’s gonna evolve and come back to the same way it was before and evolve from there. So it’s gonna stay evolving and getting different and staying current at the same time. Hip Hop is crazy.

DX: What keeps you rhyming?
Blaq Poet:
I keep going ‘c
ause I grew up with music. When I hear a beat that makes me want to rap, I’m gonna always want to rap to it. It just gets me open. it’s something in my blood; when I hear it, I want to rhyme, I want to rap, I want to say what’s on my mind and express what’s on my mind.

DX: Anything you’d like to add?
Blaq Poet:
I’ve been doing this for years, years and years. And I’m gonna keep doing it until the wheels fall off of it. And for the O.G.s out there, if ya’ll are gonna make the joints, then make the songs that youngsters want to hear or you’re gonna die off in the “Jurassic Rap Park.” Or you’re gonna stay current and pop off like I plan to do. And to the youngsters, pay attention to O.G.s ‘cause the O.G.s are gonna break it down for you the right way to follow. If your Hip Hop starts at Lil Wayne, you gotta do some history and find out what’s going on. I talk to a lot of good dudes in Europe and a lot of dudes in America and the average European 17 year-old knows more about Hip Hop than the 20 year-old American kid. [Laughs] What’s going on here? There’s a problem.

DX: Good advice.
Blaq Poet:
Thanks a lot. And I will try to clean it up…

Source: HipHopDX

LiveFromHQ Playlist 22/05/2009


  1. Marco Polo & Torae – Hold Up (Feat. Masta Ace & Sean Price)
  2. D-Sisive – Switzerland
  3. J-Dilla – 24K Rap (Havoc & Raekwon)
  4. Finale – Heat
  5. Busta Rhymes – Ima Get My (Feat. Mike Epps)
  6. MF Doom – Still Dope (Feat. Empress Starhh Tha Femcee)
  7. Kurious – Brand New Day (Feat. Dave Dar & CO Campbell)
  8. De La Soul – Big Mouf
  9. JS-1 – Like This (Feat. Large Pro)
  10. Nottz – Turn It Up (Feat. Pete Rock)
  11. Eminem – Underground
  12. J57 – Lights Out (Feat. Skyzoo)
  13. Blaq Poet – Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.)
  14. Young Maylay – Who’s Young Maylay
  15. Trav – Shotty On Me (Feat. Bumpy Knuckles)
  16. Sadat X – Goin’ Back (Feat. JS-1)
  17. Bishop Lamont – Friends
  18. Defari – Show Some Love
  19. Milano – The Ladder
  20. Method Man & Redman – Neva Herd Dis B4
  21. JR & PH7 – Top Rank (Feat. Guily Simpson & Black Milk)


Another new Blaq Poet interview with DJ Premier

In an exclusive interview with Audible Treats, Blaq Poet and DJ Premier opened up about the “Hate” track and the current state of hip-hop and the music industry.

AT: Tell me in your own words what this song is about.

Blaq Poet: “The song is about hate, about how people always be hating on people, especially when they start doing good.”
Premo: “The song is about the state of mind that black people face in the wake of their success when you come from the projects. They support you until you have officially made it, then here comes the HATE from those same people that smile in your face.”

AT: How did you link up with N.O.R.E. on this track?

Blaq Poet: “Me and N.O.R.E. been tight since way before he popped off, you know, so it was only a matter of time before we got together for a track like this.”
Premo: “N.O.R.E. Has been a longtime friend in the industry, and the talk of doing a song one day finally came to light with a quick phone call. Plus he is from the Lefrak Projects and both from Queens… AUTOMATIC YES !!!!”

AT: What is your take on leaking songs?

Blaq Poet: Nowadays, leaking your track is a form of promotion. If your track leaks, it’s all good, you have to get it out there. What it comes down to is if your track don’t leak, it’s not hot!”
Premo: “I think that leaking songs depends on who understands the knowledge of WHEN a leak should go out, and to what DJ’s they are leaking out to. The majority of the DJ’s on my personal list started at 36 and has now increased to 200 DJ’s. I communicate with the ones that are not handcuffed to play what they think is a HOT record, not a playlist from the Program Director; that kills the progress of a good record’s set up for more anticipation from the supporters to want to spend money on an album that they can trust will be worth their investment.”

AT: Do you think leaking tracks helps or hurts your career?

Blaq Poet: “Before it blew up it used to be seen as hurting. Once it started getting big though, and the labels started seeing it happening it became a tool, they saw they could use it to promote your music. You want your tracks to get leaked.”
Premo: “Hip-hop has ALWAYS based on leaking new shit early. It was all originated from what real DJ’s call MIXSHOW (cutting, scratching, mixing) and being the tastemaker of breaking new records. If the hip-hop culture had a union of some sort, there would not be so many problems within its structure. My timing of leaking records is great because I have an outlet such as my weekly radio show that is dedicated to sticking to that script.”

AT: What do you think about the current status of the music industry?

Blaq Poet: It’s poppin! Hip-hop and RnB are still thriving and mixing, you’ve seen what people like Rick Ross and 50 (Cent) have been doing using the RnB influence in their music. Everything is healthy, hip-hop is good, and the recession didn’t even effect the industry; people are always going to want to eat and listen to their music.”
Premo: “The current status of the music industry is very bad for major labels (they stopped caring about the quality of the product and the A&R’s at hip hop labels have lost their minds on picking the next good artist to sign). Independent labels have a lot more to offer since hip-hop started from here. Majors were so late signing rap labels to joint ventures after they saw dollar signs. It was good for a while until majors started to kill our culture off by telling us that we are too old to do this after the age of 30. I saw it coming and went right back to independence. We truly care about our customers and we can make what we want, when we want; any indie label that puts out quality product will totally survive.Year Round=QUALITY !”

AT: Where do you think the music industry and hip-hop are heading? What’s next for the industry?

Blaq Poet: “With hip-hop, the sky is the limit, you can’t say which way its gonna go. Who knows, maybe country hip-hop is going to be the next big thing, I have no idea, I’m waiting to see, too.”
Premo: “With the Internet, we are working on a website that will deliver all of the interesting things that I feel that my audience would love to see and buy, from T-shirts, to mix CD’s, to rare footage that NO ONE HAS, DVD’s,etc. I have been a music junkie since my birth, and I am following in the footsteps of the ones that came before me by making valuable availability of all sorts to the masses and thinking like they think. Just because I am of celebrity status, does not mean that I can’t come down from my throne and be amongst the little people, they make the world go round. I never take that “I am above you” approach and stay humble throughout. Only when I’m on stage live is when I flip out, and rightfully so. The supporters spent their money to come out and see a great show. After the last song is played, I’m right back to humble, I win regardless.”

and gimantalon says “that’s the goddamn truth”.

Audible Treats is the company who helps the promote “Tha Blaqprint“. It’s coming babyyy!!

DJ Premier’s Top 6 Dead Or Alive Producers

Larry Smith
“Larry Smith is a producer that used to work with Kurtis Blow, Run DMC with “Rock Box” and all that. He did a lot of the Whodini records. Very, very, very good producer.”

Marley Marl
“Marley Marl is my idol of Hip-Hop. He’s like the James Brown of Hip-Hop.”

LL Cool J – Haters (Prod. by Marley Marl)

Quincy Jones
“Quincy Jones is a no-brainer too. He did movie soundtracks back in the 50’s and 60’s when he was a young cat and all the way up until he produced “Thriller” for Michael and all that. He broke the code of music theory and created his own lane on how to count and start on the “2” and not always on the “1.” You gotta watch him to know when to change up, because he’s so unorthodox with his production and his talent as an artist.”

James Brown
“James Brown is just super ill.”

Rick Rubin
“Rick Rubin is a major, major reason – no disrespect to Russell, because we know Russell’s that dude… Rick Rubin did a lot of them beats that transcended…hard reality of production. And to be a founder of Def Jam Records when it was Def Jam…before it got soft and watered down. Signing groups like Public Enemy and the Junk Yardband. Showing that they can sign a Go Go act. All the way to all the old Beastie Boy records when they used to have the purple label. When MCA and Berzootie and Jimmy Spicer. Even with Russell and Jazzy Jay with the record Def Jam. LL Cool to be the first official artist that they signed with “I Need A Beat.” T La Rock “Its Yours” on the Party Time label which is really the official first Def Jam record ever. That’s how far back it goes so shout out to Rick Rubin too.”

George Clinton
“On some real s**t, I gotta make it six. George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Booty’s Rubberband, Eddie Hazel, Parlet, the Brides of Funkenstein. He [George Clinton] was James Brown spaced-out – on some other s**t. James Brown was spaced out anyway, but George Clinton living is just the epitome of funk and all that other s**t.“


Live From HQ Promo Skit

We had the phone skit before, now the only new thing yesterday from LiveFromHQ is this little skit DJ Premier made for his show. Probably again some hot beat that we will never hear extended, normally I don’t drop it but because you’re all waiting on premo beats beats beats… I’m wondering what happened with that Meth & Red beat, whatever:

DJ Premier – Live From HQ Promo Skit

New (Interesting) Blaq Poet Interview

You just got back from touring overseas. Do you get a better response overseas than in the U.S?

We get a crazy response in the overseas more because it’s not everywhere. Over here in New York and America, it’s everywhere. Everywhere you turn, everywhere you look, hip-hop is all over the place so it’s not really no big thing. You could see LL Cool J walking down the street and it’s not a big deal. But over there, they go crazy. Over there they really appreciate it more ‘cause it’s kind of still fresh over there. It ain’t get watered down over there yet so they’re still under that hardcore shit over there and the response is crazy. They never forget and they really support who they like.

From the show footage that went online, it looks like you have a lot of Screwball fans over there.

Oh no doubt. They come up to me all the time with the Y2K album and want me to sign it. They’re really, really into their hip-hop and they love it over there. I’m here to bring it to them all across the world.

Are you getting the response you wanted from fans for your new music?

Every time I hit the stage, I don’t know what the crowd is gonna do. I don’t care. I just want them to pay attention to what I’m doing and listen to the music and check me out. I don’t care if they just stand there and look and don’t say nothing as long as they’re inhaling all of this fury. That’s all. It don’t matter. 5,000 motherfuckers or five people, it don’t matter. I’m going hard no matter what.

The fury has always been a staple for who you are as an artist. How do you think that’s made you a great MC?

That’s what kept me alive in this game, the fury of it. I can’t let these bitch-ass niggas win. I gotta win, yo, and before it’s all said and done, I’m gonna win. Word. It’s all about that hardcore. That fury is not gonna go nowhere. That fury kept me alive all these years and I’m trying to stay current with what’s going on without falling into that pit, man, that fucking pit that they call “pop.” “Pop” is short for “popular” and I do want to be more popular so people can get that fury but I ain’t gonna change that sound up.

Has changing your sound up ever been an issue for you?

Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Back in the day Marley Marl was telling me I was nice but I had to stop cursing so much. I was listening to him like, ‘Word, word.’ Next thing you know, who comes out? Fucking N.W.A. and they’re cursing up a storm and they’re wilding and I talked to Marley again a couple of months later and he told me, “Hey Poet, keep doing what you’re doing, man.” I was like, ‘All right.’ I already knew I was on the right path. I don’t curse just to curse. I curse because it’s necessary to the part that I’m saying. I ain’t trying to water shit down and I ain’t trying to cover up nothing. If a curse deserves to be in that spot, that’s where it’s gonna be at. It ain’t gonna be all “fuck fuck fuck, shit shit shit, bitch bitch bitch.”

How did you approach your new album The BlaqPrint?

You know, you ease into it. You can’t hit them too hard because they’ve been partying for years and have been having fun partying. The next thing you know you wake up sober and I’m standing here like, ‘Whaddup?’ Fuck that partying shit!

Your lead single is “Ain’t Nothin’ Changed.” What was your writing process like for that cut?

You know, Primo makes that fire and I was asking if he would give me something to smooth it over and I was like, ‘Find a beat that you can sample and everything.’ So he went through his stacks of shit and found that Akon sample and I was like, ‘All right, that sounds hot.’ So he chopped that shit up over the bear and he just started chopping that shit up and he put it together crazily. And I just started thinking about how when I go through the ‘hood in Queensbridge how shit be with my dudes. I just got the vibe of being out there with my dudes and everything just came together.

The video has a really organic vibe to it. How important was it to have a grassroots vibe to the video shoot?

Me and Primo stressed that. We just wanted a regular video, like how Rakim and Eric B. did “Paid in Full.” They were just on the block with it and they were with the people and we were just going to take it back to being with the people because everybody doesn’t have $200,000 chains on around their neck. We were just going to bring it to the people and be with the people.

Why is that vibe so rare to find these days?

I think it’s the labels, man. They go with what they think is popping. The labels, they don’t understand that the streets really decide what’s hot and what’s not no matter what. Everything comes from the street. All the slang and all that comes from jail and the streets. They’re just following what they think is hot and that waters down the product that they accept. I’m not trying to diss him or nothing, but Soulja Boy is out there doing his thing and he sold a million ringtones and they’re trying to go with that, the next Soulja Boy or Lil’ Wayne. They’re not trying to experiment with people like they did back in the day. They’re just trying to hit the lotto and they’re trying to water it down with the music. Once the labels open up, they’re going to fuck with everybody and they’ll see what everybody brings to the table because more hardcore shit will be coming out and that will be promoted down your
throats but until then, independent dudes like us will be going in and bringing the value to you this way.

You and Premier have worked together for a long time. Why do you think you two work so well together?

Well, you know, that’s my son. He’s my son and I’m his son. He do what he do and he do it the best. And I do what I do. People who buy that shit will get nothing but fire. You’re gonna get nothing but fire. There’s no choice but to have fire. It’s all about how the people want it. We’re for the people, man, straight up.

What’s it like working with Premier on music?

Oh, it’s crazy watching Preem. That dude, he’s just amazing with the sound bank. You don’t know what’s going through his mind. You might pick a record up and you’ll think he’s doing it this way and he’ll go to the left with it. If you think he’s going to go right, he’s going to go left and he uses his records like they’re instruments, man. His records are like instruments. Primo don’t play no keyboards or nothing like that but he listens to all kinds of music and he can do all types of shit and there’s music that you wouldn’t even know he knows about and he’s a record master. He’ll go through one record and find something and go through another record and find something else. He’ll go through five different records to make a beat and he’s crazy with it.

What’s your favorite track that you’ve recorded with Premier?

Oh, man. “F.A.Y. B.A.N.”’s hard. I like the really hardcore shit. We got a song called “I Get It In” that’s got a real slow, sinister beat and it’s just crazy. I love that. I love “Let the Gunz Blow.” That’s another crazy joint on the album. There’s a lot of shit that we did that I like. There’s mad shit. (laughs) Everything’s my favorite, man. Every new one we make is my favorite. There’s a record to my cousin K.L., who died last year from asthma, it’s called “Never Goodbye.” That’s the last song on the album, the last song that was mixed and handed in. That one really gets me and I think that’s the favorite-favorite one. If I’m gonna pick one, I gotta pick that one.

How did K.L.’s untimely passing affect you?

Oh, man, I’m still going through it. It’s been a year. March just passed. It’s been a year. That was my dude. That was my cousin. That was my brother and my best friend. That was my everything. When I lost him I lost a piece of me but I know I got extra strength upstairs now and that’s a reason to go ahead and take care of this here rap game and get this shit done.

K.L. left an unfinished body of work behind. Do you and the rest of Screwball have to carry the torch for him?

Oh, no doubt! Just like my man Screwball. We created the Screwball group in honor of my slain friend Louis Chandler. I made sure that the world knows who he was and his name and it’s going to be the same thing with K.L. We ain’t gonna never let people forget about K.L. Word.

How does the chemistry of Screwball change without K.L?

Oh, man, it changes everything. It’s a whole new ballgame. We gotta sit down and really attack this the right way. It’s just like Wu-Tang because I basically structured the whole Screwball thing right behind Wu-Tang. There was all of the rapping and all of that. If you lose one then you kind of lose the whole feel of everything. It’s going to be hard. You don’t replace K.L. We’re just going to add on to everything and try to make it better.

What did K.L.’s rough, grimy flow add to Screwball?

We’re going to miss that right there, K.L.’s raspiness. And his wordplay was crazy. We just have to sit down and decide how we’re going to do this, man. We’re still in the process of doing that.

Will we get another Screwball album sometime in the near future?

Oh yeah. No doubt. We’re working on that right now and we’re about 60% complete with that. It’s just a matter of going over everything with a fine-toothed comb and making sure everything is right. We don’t want to disappoint our fans and we don’t want to disappoint anybody that’s a K.L. fan. So we just gotta step on eggshells around this but it’s on the way. It’s coming.

There’s no running and there’s no rushing. You can’t rush a good feel. You gotta let it cook with love. Let it cook and then serve it up hot. The Screwball platter will be ready in a minute. You just gotta hold on, eat a appetizer.

Is a new Screwball album overdue at this point?

I mean, everything has a time, man, and there’s a place for everything, man. I feel we should always be working hard and coming out with more and more projects behind each other. We’ll catch up. But to answer your question, yeah. The Screwball album is way overdue.

Getting back to the album, how important was it to have the classic QB sound on “Don’t Give a Fuck”?

It’s not just QB. It’s that classic hip-hop hardcore sound. When I heard the song I knew it was time to attack for all the O.G.s, like the Kool G. Raps and the Kanes and the Rakims and the Kool Moe Dee’s. It’s time and I’m all of them wrapped up into one.

In the song you talk about how rap critics need to give it up for you. Have you been slighted by the critics?

You know, out of sight, out of mind. You’re out of sight, you’re out of mind. You hit ‘em with something and they will respond. I’m not
mad at them for me being out of sight. I just been out of sight for a minute so of course you’re going to fall out of people’s minds. People forget about you until you come out and everybody remembers, like, ‘Oh shit, such-and-such is home.’ So that’s what it is for me. It’s like I’m coming out of jail and hip-hop, here I come.

Primo described The Blaqout as being the weakest songs you guys recorded. Is that accurate?

Half of the songs people have already heard so we did another quick five joints that nobody’s heard before. You’ll be getting a full taste of this.

What are you holding onto right now?

Primo said it’s the weakest stuff but everything is powerful and everything is strong. We’re holding onto some songs that people haven’t heard yet. That’s the knock ‘em in the head, beat ‘em in the head-type shit that you just can’t deny. It’s just that hardcore shit that you’re not going to forget. You throw that shit in your CD player and you’re just never going to take it out.

And just because we got so many good responses from joints that are older, we can’t just let them die. We got joints like “Voices” and there’s no place for nobody to get that from. This is why we leaked this. Shit was leaked for a reason, to build up the anticipation so now motherfuckers got what they like with a whole bunch of other shit that they like. Once Primo played one joint on his show, it’s automatic that they’re going to throw it up on YouTube or somewhere because they want that hip-hop. It’s all gravy but now we got everything coming out that people have heard before and they liked and some new shit that they haven’t heard before. It’s just going to be crazy, man. You’re going to get everything on one platter.

Did you put The BlaqOut together or was that an unofficial release that found its way into the stores?

That was a mixtape. That was something that I put together just for the streets. Matter of fact, motherfuckers did jack it and put it up on the web and all that shit for free downloads. It’s all gravy. All the people know what it is. That’s all I want – for people to understand what we’re doing and this hardcore street shit. I don’t care if they gotta free download it. I don’t care if they gotta steal it. Just get it. Listen.

And sooner or later, there’s going to be a time when you just give music away, period. Free albums. The only way a motherfucker can eat is through touring and merchandising. It’s going to get really deep in a minute unless they come up with some laws but I don’t got no problem with it because your real, true people are going to buy it and they want to support. You got the people who are going to download it or steal it out their man’s car and that’s cool too, as long as they’re listening and getting the message, man. I don’t give a fuck, yo. It’s like when Biggie came out with his first album. What’d he do? He went home and made mad copies and gave it away to people in the ‘hood. Puffy was fucking furious but the ‘hood had it and they were promoting it and dudes were going to school with it and going home and making copies for other dudes and Biggie put Brooklyn on his back, just like that, man, and the whole New York too.

And let me clear something up to for all your readers. Everybody who’s trying to be the King of New York, you gotta leave that shit alone. That title belongs to Frank White. Biggie took that long ago. I would love to call myself the King of New York but I can’t do it. The throne, it died with Biggie. Don’t forget that, kids. The crown, it died with Biggie. Everybody else is talking about how they’re the king. That shit is nonsense, man.

Why do you think it’s like that?

Because everybody wants to be that No. 1 dude in everybody’s eyes. If you really want to be the king of New York right now and there can be any king, it would be 50 Cent. He’s from Southside and he’s been doing it worldwide. You can’t look over Fif like that.

Do you think 50 gets an unfair amount of flack for what he does?

I mean, you know, 50’s a smart dude. It’s hard to decipher it. He goes to war on the mixtapes but when you hear his albums, he don’t mention none of that shit. He’ll go to war on the mixtapes and on his albums he’ll be talking to the girls and he’ll be having a good time. He might have a couple of gangsta joints but he’s not mentioning anybody’s names. On his mixtapes he’ll shit on you but on his albums he won’t go near you. 50 knows what he’s doing. He know. When you disrespect motherfuckers, they’re going to catch feelings and try to get at you and all of that. That’s how it is in Queens. Niggas ain’t scared of that shit, man. Bring it. I know how 50’s thinking, man.

Who can carry the torch for QB in the future?

You got Queens and then you got Queensbridge. We’ve always been kind of separated from the rest of Queens. There’s a thousand of them out there. I got my little nigga SSR and J-Hood. We call him Hoody. He’s coming out. We got Arab Money. He’s the first Arab coming out rapping from the bridge. We call him Yassar. He’s locked up but he’ll be home. A.C.B., they’re still out there. There’s a lot of dudes from the Bridge that can carry the torch, but as far as Queens in general, I don’t know, man. They’re probably somewhere out in Cali right now. (laughs) Word. There’s a lot of dudes that I gotta see and listen to before I can even make that judgment. But for right now, I’m terrorizing shit.

You and KRS-One have had a bumpy relationship. What’s it like working with him?

Oh, we’re good money now. There was disrespect and if we saw each other his crew B.D.P. and my crew, we might fight and get it on. But now we met and we chilled and he’s a cool dude and he sees that I’m a cool dude and it was me, Kris, Joey Crack and all of us backstage right before a show and we were just chilling, all of us. So all the beef shit with us is dead. There’s new niggas to get at.

And working with Kris in the studio is crazy. I did my verses and Primo pieced it together. We wasn’t in the studio together but it sounds like that. I’m gonna keep it a hundred but I don’t got no problem with Kris or being in the studio with him or him rocking on my album or me rocking on his album. What we did back in the day was real hip-hop. We didn’t really battle face-to-face but we got shit out. Go back to making your songs because you’re going to waste the whole rest of your career talking about this nigga? Nah. Get it over with. Let the fans decide who won the battle. It’s not like you’re going to stop selling records. There’s too much pride and people are getting punked. Get up there and battle. Are you going to take out your guns and start shooting? No. Get it on.

Are a lot of rappers scared to battle today?

First of all, a lot of these dudes ain’t that nice. They don’t want to get embarrassed. That’s the thing right there. Nobody wants to get embarrassed. But if you’re nice and you’re popping all of that shit, you must be ready to fight or something. I don’t want to hear records talking about all of that when I originally liked you in the first place. I might have liked the songs you made but now that you have beef with this guy every song is a battle? Do your songs, man. Do what you do. You might say something but don’t keep going on and on and on. That shit is corny. Word.

Can fans still find your first album Without Warning these days?

On Tuff City Records? If they go hard. I’m pretty sure Aaron Fuchs has it for you to cop for $1000 but he got it. He’s definitely got it.

You were one of the first rappers to work with Cormega. What did you see in ‘Mega back in the day?

‘Mega was hot! ‘Mega was fire! It was only right. I think he did one joint before we worked together but I don’t think people really heard that. Everybody wants to say they first heard him on my album. Yeah, man, ‘Mega, that’s my little brother. He’s been supporting since day one.

What should we be expecting from you in the next few months?

There’s going to be more touring. I’m trying to get together a little surprise EP for the fans too. And the motherfucking BlaqPrint will be out there, man. We might do a whole promo tour around the U.S. so we can solidify the U.S. We gotta let niggas at home know what it is too. We can’t just do it for all of Europe. We have to preach it here too. We can’t expect the dudes around here to forget about it. There’s going to be a whole lot of heat and terror coming out of here, dude. I’m going to have to get in their face and I’m pretty sure they know what it is. Other than that, we taking over.

Marco Polo & Torae – Intro (Feat. DJ Premier)

A little post right here, the intro for Marco Polo & Torae collabo album “Double Barrel” spoken by DJ Premier, but produced by Marco Polo. Coming june 2nd on Duckdown Records.

Marco Polo & Torae – Intro (Feat. DJ Premier) (Prod. by Marco Polo)

Blaq Poet – Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.) (LP Version)

Full cd quality is released by Year Round Records for “Hate” with N.O.R.E., go promote it yourself people!! This track is fiiiiiire, Tha Blaqprint, june 30!! Available on cd with bonus instrumental cd and double vinyl. Also instrumental vinyl will be available!!

Blaq Poet – Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.) (LP Version)

Blaq Poet – Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.) (Clean Version)

Tha Blaqprint Audio Sampler; YES!!

Anticipation for Blaq Poet‘s “Tha Blaqprint” has been bubbling for a minute. First, Poet dropped the single; then came the video, bringing the visuals to match. Next came the EPK, and now Blaq Poet, in conjunction with DJ Premier and Year Round Records are proud to bring you “Tha Blaqprint” Album Sampler. Totaling 21 minutes and 15 tracks, “Tha Blaqprint” album sampler cuts from track-to-track giving fans a taste of what to expect when the full-length drops on June 30.

I’m so glad I finally can give it to my daily visitors, respect… peace and enjoy!! Especially kev haha.


  1. I-Gettin (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  2. U Phucc’D Up (Feat. KL) (Prod. by Easy Mo Bee)
  3. Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  4. What’s The Deal? (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  5. Legendary Pt. 1 (Feat. Nick Javas & NYGz) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  6. Hood Crazy (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  7. Voices (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  8. Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  9. Sichuwayshunz (Prod. by Gemcrates)
  10. Stretch Marks And Cigarette Burns (Feat. Panchi & Imani Montana) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  11. S.O.S. (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  12. Let The Guns Blow (Produced by DJ Premier)
  13. Don’t Give A Fucc (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  14. Rap Addiction (Feat. Lil’ Fame & Shabeeno) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
  15. Never Goodbye (Tribute to KL) (Prod. by DJ Premier)

Blaq Poet – Tha Blaqprint Sampler


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